Babajide Olatunji (27) is a Nigerian visual artist and autodidact who works from Ile Ife and born in Okitipupa. At a glance you would think his art is in fact photography. Olatunji spent many years of self-directed study researching art historical movements and modes of production. Speaking to This Is Africa, Olatunji said his art has always been a part of his life. His earliest influence was watching his elder brother create cartoon characters and smileys. Visualization and creating sketches were to him, the best ways he could understand the world around him.
Vamizi Island is situated in the far north of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It is recognised as one of the leading luxury private islands and conservation projects on the continent and the Indian Ocean. The whale-shaped ocean has also been described by several visitors as it one of the best and most exclusive beach getaways. Today let’s see breathtaking images of this island voted into the ‘World’s Top 100 Awards’ by the CondeNast Traveller.
The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) ran from 2 – 7 May 2017 after a break last year. This Is Africa captured features performances and wares by local and international artists in various spheres – music, theatre, film, digital, craft, dance and literature.
South Africa hosted Zafiko Music Festival, which took place on Durban’s Blue Lagoon beach from May 26-28 bringing artists from all over the world live on stage. Today we bring you some of the pictures taken by This is Africa during the festival.
We came across wonderful art by Sheyi Alabi, a Nigerian with remarkable artistic abilities and who works predominantly with graphite pencils and panels on chip-board works. The artists showcases most of his art on Instagram under the account @sheyi_pencilz. Today we showcase the artist’s beautiful work.
Today we reveal the beauty of Draa Valley between the Atlas Mountains and the dunes of the Sahara. It is said to be one of Morocco’s most splendid landscapes. The Draa, is a mass of date plantations punctuated by kasbahs made of rammed red earth rising against the sky.
Today we are at the Chinhoyi Caves, a group of limestone and dolomite caves situated in north central Zimbabwe. The caves are an enigma with a rich history because of their silent blue pool. Most interestingly are the legends surrounding the history of the pool, this together with the deepness and stillness of the water causes the area to have an eerie atmosphere around it.
Although stamps are almost obsolete in their practical usage the cultural richness they preserve has drawn Kenyan digital artist Jacque Njeri to launch a project on her Instagram under the moniker @Fruit_Junkie that showcases stamps in a special way.
A self-taught artist, Victor Ehikhamenor is one of Nigeria’s respected artists. Ehikhamenor holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) and an MSc in Information Systems, both, from the University of Maryland. He has become, in the nine years since his return from a 15-year sojourn in the US, one of Nigeria’s best known and most sought after contemporary artists.